Beverly Ford & St.
- This tour covers the early morning fighting between troops under
the command of Union General John Buford and those commanded by his
West Point classmate, Confederate General William E. "Grumble"
Jones. Incidents examined include the death of Union Colonel
Benjamin Franklin Davis in a one-on-one encounter with a Confederate
lieutenant on the Beverly Ford Road, and the charge of the 6th
Pennsylvania Cavalry (better known as "Rush's Lancers") against
Confederate artillery at Saint James Church.
Kelly's Ford &
- This tour begins with a discussion of the Union river-crossing at
Kelly's Ford, and then follows the route of march of the Union
cavalry division commanded by Colonel Alfred Napoleon Duffie, a
deserter from the French army, to Stevensburg. The fighting at
Stevensburg, a neglected aspect of the Battle of Brandy Station, is
presented in detail. This tour concludes with a description of the
mortal wounding of Captain William Farley, JEB Stuart's volunteer
aide de camp.
- This tour focuses on the fighting for Fleetwood Hill, the most
intense and prolonged combat on June 8, 1863. At one point 12
regiments -- 6 Union and 6 Confederate -- struggled for control of
the hilltop. Unlike most Civil War battles, the troopers fought from
the saddle, mostly with sabers. One frustrated Rebel was heard to
shout at his Yankee opponent, "Why don't you Yankees put away your
sabers, draw your pistols, and fight like gentlemen!"
Buford Knoll & Yew Ridge - This tours presents the fighting that
took place later in the afternoon of June 9 between General Buford
and General W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee's brigade. During the fighting,
Rooney Lee, Robert E. Lee's second son, was shot in the thigh and
carried from the field. Colonel Solomon Williams of 1st North
Carolina Cavalry, commanding his regiment in battle for the first
time, was shot in the head and killed. He had been married just two
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